Northern Lyon County Journal
Friday, May 20, 1904
George F. Bates Deceased.
Nothing has shocked our community more than the receipt of a telegram
last Saturday, announcing the death of George F. Bates, at Bethany hospital
in Kansas City, Kansas, where he had gone for treatment. He had been
very painfully ill for some time and hoped to be relieved by treatment at
the hospital, but no one supposed that he was so near deaths door. No
one could have gone from among us who would be missed more than will George
F. Bates who has been denitrified with all the interests of Allen for years.
Mr. Bates was born in Wisconsin, December 9, 1848, in 1870 he came
to Kansas, and on October 20, 1878 he was married to Miss Phamie C. Courtwright.
Three children, two sons and one daughter, were born to this union.
He came to Allen, in 1889 and launched out in business which he continued
until quite recently. He was highly esteemed for his business integrity
and his social qualities. He united with the Methodist Episcopal church
at the first services which were held in the present church building, and
continued an earnest and faithful member, and for many years a teacher in
the Sabbath school.
His remains were brought home Saturday afternoon, and on Tuesday
the 17th, were laid to rest in the Allen cemetery, there to await the final
Funeral services were held in the church of which he was a member.
The sermon was preached by his pastor, Rev. Levi Hedden, after which the Masons
and Odd Fellows – as he was a member, of both – took charge and with appropriate
ceremonies, conducted the casket to its final resting place.